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Cole Classic

The Sydney Morning Herald Cole Classic will be held on Sunday, February 3, 2019. Experience Sydney’s Northern Beaches with our iconic Cole Classic 1km, 2km and 5km ocean swims celebrating 36 years.

Course Age Restriction Start Times Categories & Start Waves
1km Must be 9 years or older on race day. 8:00AM Elite - All participants will start in a mixed Start Wave competing for the overall distance title.
Pre-Qualification is required for this wave.
Age Groups - For participants who are competing in the 9-10 yrs or 11-12 yrs age categories.
Open - Participants will have a choice of the Female Open or Male Open.
Back of the Pack - Combined gender and age waves for general entry participants. Waves will fill based on order of registration.
Anything Goes Wave - Novelty wave (floaties, noodles, flippers & boogie boards welcome)
2km Must be 13 years or older on race day. 10:30AM Elite - All participants will start in a mixed Start Wave competing for the overall distance title.
Pre-Qualification is required for this wave.
Age Groups - Participants will be split into Start Waves depending on their age and gender.
Open - Combined gender and age waves for general entry participants. Waves will fill based on order of registration.
5km Must be 16 years or older on race day. 7:45AM Open - Participants will be split into Start Waves based on gender.
Pre-Qualification is required for this wave.

Please note: When registering if you have selected "not specified" as your gender, you are only able to enter into the Elite Start Group (pre-qualification required) or the Back of the Pack. For more information about Start Waves, please click here. Start Groups are subject to availability, If no waves are shown then there is no capacity for your age/gender. Please select your Start Group carefully as once registration is complete, the relevant colour, number and Start Group cannot be changed.

Introducing the Anything Goes Wave - 1km

For the first time in Cole Classic’s history we’re introducing an Anything Goes Wave to the 1km Cole Classic event! Designed to encourage new ocean swimmers to get involved, participants can swim with their favourite floaties, noodles, flippers or a boogie board in this hilarious novelty race. Jump in at Shelly Beach and swim, paddle or float all the way to beautiful Manly Beach. When registering to the 1km Cole Classic, please select the ‘Back of the Pack - Anything Goes Wave’ in the registration system to enter.

Can I enter a pre-qualifying Elite Start Wave?

If you have competed in the 2017 or 2018 Cole Classic event and your time placed you within the top 50 swimmers overall, you will automatically qualify and the Elite Start Wave will be available for selection during registration. If you did not compete in 2017 or 2018, please fill out the Elite Pre-Qualification Form below prior to entering with links to your previous results.

Can I enter the 5km swim?

If you had participated in the 2017 or 2018 Cole Classic 5km swim, you will automatically qualify and the 5km Start Wave will be available for selection during registration. If you did not participate in 2017 or 2018, and have completed a different ocean swim, please fill out the 5km Pre-Qualification Form below. We will consider results from any official race, anywhere in the world from the last 2 years for a distance of at least 3.5km. We ask that you please allow 2 business days for your request to be processed and await confirmation from our team prior to registering.

If you have not previously completed an ocean swim, please have your coach complete the Swimmer Certificate of Competency Form below and send it to sunrun.coleclassic@fairfaxmedia.com.au. If you do not have a regular swim coach, we recommend you contact Vlad Swim to receive a free swimming evaluation. For more information, visit the Training Page or email Vlad at vlad@vladswim.com.au.

Introducing the Banana Boat Swimkids Series 2018 / 2019

Are your kids enjoying swimming and looking for a new challenge? The brand new Banana Boat SwimKids Series is coming to The Sydney Morning Herald Sun Run & Cole Classic this summer and it’s a perfect way to build confidence and skills for capable young swimmers aged 7-12 years old. It’s a safe, fun and rewarding experience for kids and families.

Entry Fees

Cole Classic Entry Fees

2019 Earlybird
Nov 7 - Dec 4
Standard
Dec 5 - Jan 22
Late
Jan 23 – Feb 2
1km Cole Classic
Adult $35 $45 $55
Child $20 $30 $40
2km Cole Classic
Adult $45 $55 $65
Child $30 $40 $50
5km Cole Classic
Adult $65 $75 $85

Run & Swim Package Fees

2019 Earlybird
Nov 7 - Dec 4
Standard
Dec 5 - Jan 22
Late
Jan 23 – Feb 2
1km & 2km Package Cole Classic
Adult $70 $90 $110
Child $40 $60 $80
1km Swim & 7km Run Package
Adult $55 $75 $95
Child $30 $50 $70
1km Swim & 10km Run Package
Adult $65 $85 $105
Child $40 $60 $80
2km Swim & 7km Run Package
Adult $65 $85 $105
Child $40 $60 $80
2km Swim & 10km Run Package
Adult $75 $95 $115
Child $50 $70 $90
5km Swim & 7km Run Package
Adult $85 $105 $125
5km Swim & 10km Run Package
Adult $95 $115 $135
1km Swim & 2km Swim & 7km Run Package
Adult $90 $120 $150
Child $50 $80 $110
1km Swim & 2km Swim & 10km Run Package
Adult $100 $130 $160
Child $60 $90 $120